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Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

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 Natural, never awkward 

Your Charlottesville wedding deserves to be documented with incredible storytelling candids AND epic, creative portraits. 

This is not your mama's wedding album that makes you cringe a little bit with how staged it is.

Instead, when you work with me, you get the kind of gallery you are proud to show off to your friends and family. A gallery filled with the kind of images that help you remember how you felt on your wedding day while also making you think "dang we looked GOOD." 


 


Because it's just you living your best life. 

Count me in. I want epic wedding photos.

"By far one of the best decisions we made for our wedding and engagement: working with Kara. Our photos are absolutely incredible and I can’t wait to blow these up and put them in an album/our home. We met her for a sunrise shoot in Shenandoah National park for our engagement photos. These came out better than I ever could have DREAMED! Same with the wedding photos. Absolutely stunning. Kara takes her time to listen to your needs and wants, edits the photos beautifully and has a real expertise. If you are looking for a wedding or elopement photographer, look no further. I could rave on! Worth every penny."

A few of my favorite Charlottesville wedding venues

Castle Hill Cider

James Monroe's Highlands

Grace Estate Winery

Castle Hill Cider is located in Keswick, just outside of Charlottesville. It features incredible treelined roads, mountain views, a beautiful upscale rustic reception space and wide open fields. 

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James Monroe's Highlands are located just outside of downtown Charlottesville. They feature beautiful boxwood gardens, pastures, mountain views and a lovely tented reception space. 

Grace Estate Winery is in Crozet and features some of the prettiest mountain views of any venue in the Charlottesville area. Photos can be taken from the balcony of the estate and the reception space is tented with the mountain views in the background. 

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You can find me climbing fences, wading in water and scaling trees to get the best shot for my couples because truly, you deserve the best.

I love a good adventure and when I'm not photographing weddings, you can find me hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains or traveling with my two kids, dogs and hottie husband. 

We will probably get along if you love dogs and new experiences and really good food paired with really good conversation. I am your chill wedding side kick, your dance in the rain hype-woman who will always make sure you are taken care of because I'm the kind of person other people call as their safe place. You create memories and I'll document them for you. I can't WAIT to capture your love story. 

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Photo By Kenzi Flinchum

Your photographer + Outdoor enthusiast

Charlottesville Engagement Photography 

Come adventure with me!

Engagement sessions are the perfect opportunity to really get to know your wedding photographer and "practice" for your wedding day.

Most of my engagement photography sessions happen in Shenandoah National Park or off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. But if hiking isn't your thing or you want a downtown Charlottesville engagement session, we can do that too!

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"Kara was phenomenal. She made my fiancé and I feel comfortable and goofy, even though we had never had a camera in our face like that before. Her prompts were super helpful, her attitude was so positive and friendly, and it felt like she made a real effort to get to know us and capture us as authentically as possible. She even rolled up her pants and waded into the lake water to get an epic sunset shot! Talk about dedication! And while this session was a contest giveaway, entirely free, Kara spared no time or effort. Thank you so much Kara for making our engagement shoot so fun!"

Taylor B.

"Kara was incredibly flexible & easy to work with! She provided an extensive list of recommended locations and they ended up being the perfect mountain views. She made us laugh & dealt with our crazy pups like a seasoned pro. We couldn't be happier with our photographs and will be sharing them far & wide. Highly recommend!"

Kristen R.

"She went above and beyond with our engagement photos. We not only received so many photos back from her, but we were able to have an experience to last a lifetime. With being a photographer myself, Kara made it extremely easy to be on the other side of the camera- where I don't typically feel comfortable. We loved every single photo from our engagement session."

On our wedding day, we couldn't have been happier- not just because we had just tied the knot, but because Kara made us feel so loved too. She worked so hard and we couldn't be more thrilled with how our wedding gallery turned out.

If you're looking for a photographer that is spontaneous, fun, energetic, and adventurous, Kara is your girl! She creates images that make you feel like you're experiencing the moment all over again. The richness and depth of her photos bring moments back to life. I can't praise her enough."

Samantha L.

What's it like to have me as your photographer?

Let my couples tell you

Haley

We’ll always be able to look back and remember how we felt in those moments, something that is truly invaluable.

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Brittany

Kara made my wedding day happen! Everything from finding the location, helping me find a florist, and pick out an airbnb. If it wasn't for her the day wouldn't have happened so easily. Through the entire process Kara hung in there every time I changed my mind (67 times to be exact, including my wedding date!) and handled all of it so kindly. She builds a quick relationship with you and brings out the most real emotion in the pictures.

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Katelyn

Kara shot our wedding and put together the most beautiful wedding videos that we will cherish forever! Her adventurous personality shined through all of her creative ideas. Kara was a joy to work with and I’ll never forget our wedding day splashing in the creek thanks to her!

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